November 17th – Hurricane Jota landed in Nicaragua as a very dangerous Category 4 storm at the end of Monday, hitting the country with devastating winds and torrential rains.
Just before 11:00 pm EST on Monday, hurricane Iota landed on the northeastern coast of Nicaragua as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane. At that time, Jota was packed with a sustained wind of 155 mph. It’s 2 mph and shy about Category 5 status.
Hurricane Jota, once a Category 5 monster storm, struck the Central American coastline on Monday afternoon after an explosive intensification. The outer bands brought rain to Nicaragua and Honduras, threatening destruction on the scale of infamous hurricanes such as Mitch in 1998 and Fifi in 1974.
Jota became the second most violent hurricane ever to occur in the Atlantic Basin on Monday November. This is second only to the 1932 Cuban hurricane, which has a wind of 175 mph. The extremely dangerous hurricane was heading west towards a hurricane-stricken area in Central America, already in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, after the hurricane eta raged within two weeks.
Forecasters warned that storms could result in one of the worst floods in the area for over 1000 years. AccuWeather meteorologists have warned that power outages could last for months after Jota hit the area.
At 10 pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, Jota was within 30 miles of Puerto Cabesus in Nicaragua. This is because forward speeds were reduced to 9 mph west until maximum sustained winds reached 155 mph. Shortly before landing, Jota became a powerful Category 4 hurricane.
As AccuWeather’s meteorologist correctly predicted, the powerful system landed at the end of Monday, just a few miles away from the area where Eta made a devastating landing within two weeks. Hurricane surveillance and warnings were effective on most of the coast.
As of 4 am on Tuesday, Jota had lost some wind strength, but it was still a dangerous Category 2 hurricane moving west at 9 mph, with wind speeds of 105 mph. As Jota continues to move inland, it interacts with Nicaragua’s terrain until Tuesday night, and wind strength is quickly lost.
Jota reached Category 5 strength when the wind peaked at 160 mph on Monday morning. This is the first storm of the season to achieve the highest status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Windscale. Just a few hours ago, this season’s record-breaking 30th named storm broke from a major Category 3 hurricane to Category 4 within an hour.
Jota was strengthened so rapidly that its intensification put it in the ranks of three historic hurricanes: Gilbert in 1988, Rita in 2005, and Wilma in 2005. Jota also became the only storm to rapidly intensify in the central region, with a 1.8-inch mercury drop in pressure during the 24 hours of November.
Prior to Jota, the most recent major hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean was Hurricane Eta.
Hurricane Eta landed in Nicaragua on November 3rd as a Category 4 hurricane. Nicaragua was one of the top five strongest storms to date in the United States. Eta also paved the way for destruction through Honduras and Guatemala, unleashing rain, causing floods and killing more than 100 people.
Central America is still facing a humanitarian crisis following the deadly blow of Eta.Millions of people endure dangerous situations in the back of a storm-waterborne diseases COVID-19 complicates recovery. And as Jota moves inland, the situation can become even more dire.
Matt Rinde, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, said: [the region] In less than two weeks, hurricane Iota will have another devastating blow to the region. There is no word to explain the problems that this system adds to the crisis already occurring in the region. “
And a series of blows from the hurricane will make the situation worse. According to Dr. Joel N. Myers, CEO and founder of AccuWeather, catastrophic floods are expected as the ground is still saturated from Eta and rain from Iota flows into already expanding and flooded streams and rivers. Will be done. Mountainous areas increase the risk of floods and landslides.
On the coast, 10 to 20 feet of non-viable storm surges are expected near and north of where Jota lands. Residents captured in the area when Jota arrives are at risk of being washed away by rising water. Some coastal communities can be completely wiped out.
Incredible breeze will also hit the coast. A gust of 140-160 mph is expected near where Jota lands, and a gust of AccuWeather LocalStorm Max will be 180 mph. This also shreds well-constructed structures. Trees, power lines and other weak structures will be completely destroyed.
“Some areas along the coast will be uninhabitable for months,” warned AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist Mike Doll.
Nonetheless, the widest threat to life and property from the new cyclone is expected to be addressed by severe floods caused by a few feet of rainfall, many of which have already been devastated by flash floods and landslides from hurricane etas. It will fall on the area.
Massive river floods and flash floods can occur over vast areas of 12 to 18 inches across the mountains of Honduras. This is where the AccuWeather LocalStormMax is most likely to be 30 inches.
Coupled with heavy rains, gusts also penetrate inland areas of northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras, and Jota blows through the land. This can cause some damage to trees, power lines and under-constructed buildings, especially when combined with soil that is already saturated in the area. Because the ground is sticky, trees are much more likely to fall. Loss of trees and vegetation on the hillside makes them more susceptible to landslides.
“This may be one of the worst floods in some of these areas over 1000 years,” Myers said. “Some of these countries may not fully recover for five to ten years.” He said Iota’s looming influence on Hurricane Katrina’s visit to the Gulf Coast in the United States in 2005. Was compared.
Given the devastating storm surges, inland catastrophic floods, devastating winds, and the threat posed by ongoing crisis and recovery efforts in the region, Jota is on the AccuWeatherRealImpact scale of the Central American hurricane to 5. It has been specified.
In Nicaragua, the second hurricane landing in history is projected to occur within a season. The last time two hurricanes hit the country was in 1971, when both Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Edith landed.
Hurricane Jota Lands in Nicaragua as a Category 4 Storm
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